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Cal U football player’s bond revoked in Washington, D.C., hit-run case

A Washington, D.C., judge has revoked the bond of a California University of Pennsylvania football player awaiting sentencing in the New Year’s Day hit-and-run crash that left a bicyclist in a coma with multiple injuries.

Corey L. Ford, 22, of Harrisburg was free on his own recognizance after pleading guilty to a felony charge of aggravated assault knowingly on Sept. 2.

The senior defensive back for the conference contender Vulcans is one of six Cal U players who were arrested in California Borough last week, following an Oct. 30 beating on a sidewalk that left Lewis Campbell III hospitalized with brain injuries for six days. Witnesses told police the football players left the scene of the early morning attack chanting, “Football strong.”

Ford is being held in the Washington County Jail on $500,000 bond on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy in the beating incident. His Pittsburgh attorney, Phil DiLucente, said Ford, who is two classes shy of graduation, did not participate in the beating.

The U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., filed a petition asking a judge to revoke Ford’s bond there, stating that one condition of his freedom was that he avoid re-arrest.

Thursday’s ruling means Ford could be arrested and taken to Washington, D.C., if he were to make bail here.

University officials have declined to discuss whether they knew of Ford’s guilty plea in the earlier case. Spokeswoman Christine Kindl said that issue will be examined during an external probe of the football program that Cal U President Geraldine Jones ordered earlier this week.

Debra Erdley is a Trib Total Media staff writer.

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